What is Swedish massage?

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Swedish massage is one of the most popular massage techniques in Quebec and the West. Being both dynamic and relaxing, this type of massage involves long circular movements that activate blood circulation. Swedish massage is also known for its benefits on aching muscles and joints. It also promotes lymphatic circulation, relieves tension and stimulates the body’s self-regulatory functions. Want to learn more about how to give a good Swedish massage? Find all our tips in this article.

A brief history of the Swedish massage

Swedish massage was conceptualized by Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish physician, teacher and poet. In 1804, he devised a method that combined gymnastics and massage to optimize the performance of athletes and help them stay healthy. Almost two centuries later, Swedish massage has become one of the most popular massage techniques in the West. A good Swedish massage involves a series of targeted maneuvers on the muscles and joints. Like Esalen massage, Swedish massage involves long, flowing strokes to relieve and restore tired, sluggish, or inhibited muscles.

The Swedish massage technique

During a Swedish massage, the professional masseuse uses a light touch to begin warming up the muscles. Once the muscles are relaxed, she applies more pressure to relax the mind and body. The maneuvers used in a Swedish massage have remained the same for generations. Effleurage, kneading, friction, percussion and vibration together allow all the muscles to be worked in depth. By being performed in a specific order, these maneuvers generate the same effects as those obtained through gymnastics.

How to perform a Swedish massage

Swedish massage involves long, gentle strokes to help the body relax and provide a sense of relaxation and overall well-being. During a Swedish massage session, the masseuse applies pressure in a clockwise direction to keep the blood flowing to the heart. The warmth of the hand and the massage oil used dilate the blood vessels and remove toxins from the muscles. Unlike Thai massages, Swedish massages are usually performed on an unclothed person, although a sheet or towel may be used for modesty purposes. Swedish massages generally last 30 to 60 minutes and can be performed weekly or on an as-needed basis.

The benefits of Swedish massage

Swedish massage is one of the most popular types of massage, and for good reason. Let’s look at the benefits of such a massage.

Relax and unwind the body and mind

One of the main reasons why enthusiasts are particularly fond of this type of massage is its anti-stress effect. Just like the Nuru massage, the Swedish massage is known to generate a feeling of intense relaxation.

Release muscle tension

In addition to being an excellent way to relax, Swedish massage has the advantage of relieving muscle tension. It also helps improve blood and lymphatic circulation.

Gain mobility

Swedish massage also helps to improve joint flexibility and mobility. Indeed, the maneuvers used help stretch and stimulate muscles and joints, which facilitates body movement.

Discover the pleasures of a massage at Massage Adagio

Swedish massages have many benefits. They can help improve circulation, reduce muscle tension and make you feel better overall. If you’re looking to relax after a long day, a well-performed massage is always a good option. Adagio Massage Salon offers a wide range of massages to give you an unforgettable moment of exhilaration. Make an appointment at Massage Adagio’s salon. Our experienced masseuses will welcome you with charm and will take care to fulfill your desires for a maximum relaxing experience.